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What Comes After Forgiveness?


Forgiveness is an important part of spiritual health, but appropriate boundaries can be equally as important when the offense was significant. Here is a prayer for discerning what to do after forgiving someone who deeply hurt you.


O Great Reconciler,
I have chosen
to forgive the person
who hurt me,

so that I may be free
from bitterness.

Now light my way
and show me how
to move forward

in freedom and love,
without permitting the continuation
of any form of abuse.
Give me clarity
and peace 
to discern
what healthy forgiveness
looks like

in this particular moment.


Find a resource to help you navigate this relationship after extending forgiveness. A book or podcast by a professional counselor may be helpful, or you might benefit from making an appointment with a therapist.

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